Improvements we’re making across the TfL network

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We’re making improvements across our transport network, to help make greener journeys brighter. 💚 

We’re determined to build a greener future for London, with faster, more reliable and safer journeys for everyone. We’ve made and are making improvements across our network, because every journey matters! 

Here’s what we’ve already done and what’s to come 👇🏾

Improvements we’ve already made

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💜 Rail improvements 

We’ve been improving connections across London and beyond, with the Elizabeth Line making journeys through central London faster than ever before*. More spacious air-conditioned trains travel from Paddington to Liverpool Street in just 10 mins. 

*Faster than previous TfL journeys on a single train 

🚇 DLR 

We’ve updated the timetable for the DLR meaning we’re now offering a more frequent service. 

♿️ Improved accessibility and inclusivity 

Over 200 of our stations now have step-free access, including all Elizabeth line and DLR stations, plus tram stops.  

We also offer concession fares such as 50% off bus and trams for those receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance.  

All customers are welcome to use our Turn up and go service. This service offers help from staff across London Overground, London Underground and Elizabeth line stations without having to book in advance.

🚌 Greener buses 

100% of our buses are now low or zero- emissions at the tailpipe. We’ve a goal to be a fully zero-emission fleet (at the tailpipe) by 2034 to help London breathe clearer air. 

Plus, more than half of our bus shelters are also now fitted with brighter, more energy efficient LED lighting. Watt an improvement! 😜 

🚴‍♀️ Santander Cycles 

We provide more than 12,000 bikes at around 800 docking stations across inner and central London, including e-bikes. We also fund free cycle training so you can learn one-to-one or in a group and get confident cycling the city. 

🤝 Supporting young people 

Our free school programmes are helping to support early years and schools in educating over 100,000 3 – 18-year-olds across London. 

From the first building blocks of road safety, to tackling anti-social behaviour and helping them make better travel decisions that impact their lives and those around them. In partnership with London boroughs, we’re also encouraging parents and children to walk, cycle and scoot to school with the introduction of 322 School Streets. This is where roads outside schools are closed to traffic at drop-off and pick-up times. 👋

Plus, we provide free discounted travel like free bus travel for under 11-15 year olds and 16-18 year olds living in London boroughs. 

Upcoming improvements

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🚇 Tube and rail improvements 

We’re improving the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines with a new signalling system for faster journeys in the future. 

🚌 Buses 

We’re installing an additional 300 countdown signs at bus stops, all with live bus arrival information to help you plan your journey.  

We’re also making upgrades to improve the reliability of bus journeys by upgrading traffic signalling and extending some bus lanes and the hours they operate. This helps to ensure our buses get greater priority, making them more reliable and more convenient.  

🚶 Active travel 

We’re providing grants to local walking and cycling projects in partnership with the London Marathon Foundation. Our grants help participants learn new skills, get active and improve their physical and mental health. 

We’ll keep improving cycling around London, with Cycleways designed to make journeys safer and easier. Since 2016, our capital’s Cycleway network has more than trebled to over 340km and we have plans with the London boroughs to expand further in 2023. 

🚗 Road Safety 

We’re lowering speed limits on TfL roads because 20mph roads have already reduced collisions resulting in deaths or serious injuries by 24%.  

Our Direct Vision standard measures how much lorry drivers can see directly through the vehicle’s cab windows, with those failing to meet the minimum standard having to retrofit additional safety features to drive in Greater London.  

Since 2019 there has been a reduction in fatal collisions where vision was a contributing factor and that is why we’re strengthening the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) from October 2024 with higher minimum permit requirements.  

The Direct Vision Standard is a rating scale which assesses an HGV driver’s vision from the driver’s seat, including their visibility of other road users.  

*Between 2018 and 2021 fatal collisions where vision was a contributing factor had halved from 12 to 6 during that period. They halved again from 6 in March ’21 to 3 in Mar ’23.

Improvements we’re planning

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🚇 Tube and rail improvements 

From 2024, we’ll be introducing new, more spacious walk-through, air- conditioned trains to the DLR. 

We’re also modernising the Piccadilly line to help run a more reliable and frequent service. This includes a new fleet of trains from 2025. 

🔄 Superloop and bus improvements 

Our plans for our proposed Superloop, made up of express routes would help to connect more people in outer London to town centres, hospitals, schools and transport hubs. 

We’re also installing an additional 300 countdown signs at bus stops to help you plan your journey. 

About our campaign

We know how important it is for our customers to hear what we are doing to make journeys better and that we are making greener journeys in London brighter for everyone. 

We want to communicate our plan to make greener journeys in London better for everyone, highlighting improvements we’ve already delivered across the network, what we’re doing today, and our plans for the future.  

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